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Before becoming pregnant (and having bit of a gap due to relocating) I was actively competing my horses at a decent level which involved a lot of travelling up and down the country. To ensure my horses are kept in perfect condition when travelling I make sure they are as safe as possible especially from knocks and bang due to the motion of the horsebox. A few years ago my travel boots had given up the ghost and I bought a pair of Weatherbeeta travel boots and at the beginning this year I have had to buy another pair of travel boots and again opted for the Weatherbeeta brand as they are incredibly good value for money.
Travel boots are designed to protect the horses delicate legs when travelling and are generally made from strong material. There are a few types available on the market and can really range in price, colour, size and shape. I opted for the Weatherbeeta travel boots as I think they are great value for money and seem to last really well (my first pair is now 4 years old and still going strong!).
The Weatherbeeta travel boots are full length in size. The back boots go up and over the hock and have three wide straps which fasten to Velcro (known as touch tape straps). The front boots go up to the knee but don't cover it as this would make it hard for the horse to walk. Again there are three touch tape straps which ensure the boots fit securely. On each travel boot on the middle strap there is the Weatherbeeta logo which is colour co-ordinating. The travel boots have 1000 denier material which is incredibly strong and touch (higher the denier stronger the material) and inside the boots there is a lovely soft fleece lining adding a bit of comfort to the travel boots.
The Weatherbeeta Travel Boots are quite rigid and don't really bend that easily which when first put on the horse they generally have bit of an issue with their back legs when the boots are on so they walk a bit odd for the first few steps as the boots as I said don't really bend well but knowing that they are protecting the legs well as they are made from tough material. I have never had a problem with these travel boots they are incredibly secure when they are on the horse. I've never had a boot come off when travelling and they are still just as secure after a journey as they were when they were originally put on. It is vital that the boots are never secured too tight on the horse as this would be too uncomfortable for the horse.
The travel boots are washable and I have washed mine quite a few times. Due to the boots being quite rigid you have to wash two at a time in a cool wash but never tumble dry, always leave them to dry naturally. Mine always wash well, the colour doesn't run and they don't shrink.
Weatherbeeta Travel Boots are available from most Weatherbeeta stockists and are available online. Again prices can vary but I picked my last set up from www.equestrianclearance.com for £25.99. They come in a variety of colours from black/silver to bluebell/mist! The most common colour at present is navy and silver. They are available in three sizes, pony, cob and full. If you are unsure about the size then it is worth measuring your horses leg from hoof to hock (back leg) and hoof to knee (front leg) and then speak to a retailer to see what they would advise.
For me, these are great travel boots which are not too expensive and last really well. Best of all they protect my horses legs when travelling which for me is the most important thing.